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Tuesday, June 05, 2018, 13:00 - 14:00

Atsuhito Isozaki, Associate Professor, Keio University

Language: The speech will be in English and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation)

"A Trump-Kim Summit and Beyond"

The US-North Korean nuclear poker remains as unpredictable as ever with the two countries trying to keep their historic June 12 summit in Singapore on track. President Donald Trump on May 24 called off the planned talks with Kim Jong-un blaming Pyongyang for its hostile rhetoric expressed against Vice President Mike Pence's remarks that North Korea could face an ignominious end like Libya if it reneges on its promises to give up nuclear weapons.

But Trump backpedaled the very next day acknowledging that Pyongyang's response to his statement was devoid of insults and committed itself to continued talks to defuse a nuclear showdown. "Everybody plays games. You know that," he told reporters.

The FCCJ has invited Keio University associate professor Atsuhito Isozaki, a well-quoted expert on North Korean affairs, to help us analyze the stalemate highlighted by the US demand for "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula and Pyongyang's idea of phasing out its nuclear arsenal in exchange for the lifting of sanctions against it.

At this writing, nothing seemed certain about the summit although US and North Korean diplomats were engaged in preparatory talks at the Korean truce village of Panmunjom and in Singapore.

After receiving his M.A. in law from Keio University, Isozaki served as a researcher at the Japanese Embassy in Beijing from 2001-2004. He then taught at Keio, Tokyo University, the National Police Academy and other institutions before assuming his current position in 2015. His publications include "Understanding the North Korean Regime," which he published last year in English after his sabbatical research at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington. He was also a visiting scholar at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies of George Washington University in 2015 and 2016.

Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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